Thursday, November 1, 2012

SLCC Celebrates Day of the Dead

Dia de Los Muertos Events to Educate on Tradition

Salt Lake Community College hosts several Día de Los Muertos events at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus’s Student Event Center on Thursday and Friday, November  1 and 2.

SLCC adjunct faculty member Angela Fanjul will provide a lecture on November 1 at 5:30 p.m. and again on November 2 at noon on the traditional Día de Los Muertos celebration.

SLCC ethnic studies students will display an altar and nicho exhibit, which is traditional altar celebration of the Day of the Dead. The display is open to the public and can be seen from 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. on November 1 and from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on November 2.

Participants can also take part in making traditional crafts on November 2. Paper flower making and decorating “calaveritas”—sugar skulls—will be available from 9:30 a.m. – noon and again from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; a “loteria”—a traditional game similar to bingo—complete with authentic Día de Los Muertos prizes will take place from 11:00 a.m. – noon and from 2:00 –4:00 p.m.; Pan de Muerto and chocolate will also be served from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Day of the Dead tradition began many centuries ago with indigenous Indians throughout Mexico, and parts of Central and South America as a way to ritually honor and tend to their dead.  The official dates in Mexico and parts of Central America are now November 1st and 2nd. Part of the belief system surrounding this tradition is that during this time the spirits of all deceased children—called “angelitos”—and adults are allowed to reunite with their families and enjoy the festivities.

Traditionally, altars are made, and celebrations begin, in homes. Then, in the afternoon on November 2, the festivities move to the cemeteries, where people clean tombs, play cards, listen to music and reminisce about loved ones.

For more information, contact: Cynthia Bonsall at (801) 957-4556.